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  • Published on: 18 Oct 2011
  • Submitted by: Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

Principles for the Green Economy
The identification of the 'green economy' as one of the key themes for the Rio Earth Summit represents a significant opportunity to define a new global economic paradigm. Below are 15 green economy principles that have been identified as a consolidation of existing international agreements and more forward-thinking proposals.

1. Equitable distribution of wealth
Promote the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations, to reduce disparities between rich and poor, and achieve social and economic justice, within a sustainable and fair share of the world?s resources and leaving sufficient space for wildlife and wilderness.

2. Economic equity and fairness
Guided by the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, create economic partnerships that would transfer substantial financial and technological assistance to less developed countries, to help minimize the gap between the developed and developing world and support the environmental sustainability of both.

3. Intergenerational Equity
Environmental resources and ecosystems must be carefully managed and safeguarded so as to enhance the value of environmental assets for future generations, thereby equitably meeting their needs and allowing them to flourish.

4. Precautionary Approach
Science should be utilized to enhance social and environmental outcomes, through the identification of environmental risk. Scientific uncertainty of environmental impacts shall not lead to avoidance of measures to prevent environmental degradation. The ?burden of proof? should lie with those claiming that there will not be significant environmental impacts

5. The Right to Development
Human development in harmony with the environment is fundamental to the achievement of sustainable development, so that individuals and societies are empowered to achieve positive social and environmental outcomes.

6. Internalization of Externalities
Building true social and environmental value should be the central goal of policy. To this end, market prices must reflect real social and environmental costs and benefits, so that that the polluter bears the cost of pollution. Tax regimes and regulatory frameworks should be used to ?tilt the playing field?, making ?good? things cheap and ?bad? things very expensive.

7. International Cooperation
The application of environmental standards within nation States must be undertaken in a cooperative manner with the international community, based on an understanding of the possible impact on the development potential of other States. Environmental measures relating to trade should avoid unfair protectionism, but overall should ensure that trade supports sustainable resource use,
environmental protection and progressive labor standards, promoting a ?race to the top? rather than the bottom.

8. International liability
Acknowledging that actions within national boundaries can cause environmental impacts beyond national jurisdictions, requiring cooperation in the development of international law that allows for independent judicial remedies in such cases.

9. Information, participation and accountability
All citizens should have access to information concerning the environment, as well as the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. To ensure that environmental issues are handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, institutions at all levels
(national and international) must be democratic and accountable, and make use of tools that enable civil society to hold them to account. In this regard, the access to justice by citizens for redress and remedy in environmental matters is a cornerstone of enhancing accountability.

10. Sustainable Consumption and Production
Introduce sustainable production and consumption with sustainable and equitable resource use. Reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, i.e. reduce, reuse, and recycle the materials used, acknowledge the scarcity of the Earth resources and implement activities accordingly.

11. Strategic, co-ordinated and integrated planning to deliver sustainable development, the green economy and poverty alleviation
An integrated approach must be adopted at all levels to expedite the achievement of socio-economic and environmental sustainability through strategic planning with civil society and stakeholders, and across all relevant government departments.

12. Just Transition ? there will be costs in making the transition to a low carbon, green economy in the pursuit of sustainable development. Some States and actors are better able to bear those costs than others and are more resilient to transitional changes. In the process of change, the most vulnerable must be supported and protected ? developing countries must have access to appropriate
financial and technical assistance, citizens and communities must also have access to new skills and jobs.

13. Redefine Well-being ? GDP is an inadequate tool for measuring social wellbeing and environmental integrity. Many socially and environmentally damaging activities enhance GDP ? such as fossil fuel exploitation and financial speculation. Human wellbeing and quality of life, and environmental health should be the guiding objectives of economic development.

14. Gender Equality ? gender equality and equity are prerequisites to the transition to a green economy and the achievement of sustainable development. Women have a vital role to play as agents of change for environmental management and development ?their actions must be rewarded accordingly and their skills enhanced.

15. Safeguard biodiversity and prevent pollution of any part of the environment ? protect and restore biodiversity and natural habitats as integral to development and human wellbeing, and develop a system of governance that protects the resilience of ecosystems to prevent irreversible damage.

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